Police and Aboriginal rangers in the Northern Territory are searching for three men believed to be missing in a remote part of Arnhem Land for the past three days.
- The three men were last seen getting out of a car near a river crossing on Wednesday morning
- Two other travelling companions were located that day and transported by ambulance
- Aboriginal rangers and police in aircraft and on motorbikes are searching for the trio
The trio were last seen at 6:00am on Wednesday morning near a river crossing known as Dreaming Lady, halfway between the communities of Gunbalanya and Maningrida, several hundred kilometres east of Darwin.
In a statement, police said they held fears for the safety of the men, identified as 40-year-old Maningrida man Benjamin Lee and 21-year-old Milingimbi men Damien Marrkululu and Isaac Ritjili.
Two other people who were travelling with them were located later on Wednesday and transported by ambulance to Maningrida.
Police are searching for the missing men using fixed-wing aircraft and motorbikes.
The Bawinanga Aboriginal Corporation, based in Maningrida, said local rangers were helping police with the search.
“It’s their second day out bush tracking three lost young individuals,” the corporation said in a Facebook post.
“These individuals will need help. They will need food and water.
“If you can safely offer them a lift, please take them to the closest police station or clinic.”
The corporation has asked anyone travelling by road between Maningrida and Cahill’s Crossing near Jabiru to keep a look out for the missing people.